Old Habits and Telescreens
Things went unusually well at work this morning.
After about an hour, management decided to send extra people home. Out of habit, they told me I could go, as I always asked to be one of the first ones cut loose and am at the top of the seniority list.
Also out of habit, I walked out the door, got in the van, drove down the interstate towards the school to camp out in the library and study when it hit me like a ton of bricks.
I don't go to school anymore....
When I got home, I somehow managed, in a bizarre feat of PEBKACery, to wake the malign elder god Siri on my iMac.
Below the fold is the Siri information page on my iMac user guide, which is replete with all the ways to access and help Siri to utilize the data that Siri is collecting on me.
Note what is missing.
Any way to turn the damned thing off.
I've gone through Preferences
and cut off everything that I can but this only disables the interface as
far as I can tell. I have the uneasy feeling that I've merely removed
the reminder that my every keystroke is being logged and assessed.
I'd promised myself I'd never get another Mac. But my paper was on the
lightning-struck iMac, and I needed to salvage it, which I did...but
that paper was declared unsuitable, so I actually gave 1700 dollars to
Tim Cook (who hates me and people like me) and helped him to spy on me
for no benefit.
I cannot be an example to you, gentle reader, but I can be a horrible, horrible warning.
Use Siri on your Mac
Siri on your Mac can help you with everyday tasks, get quick answers and information, play music, and more. You can ask Siri so many things—from "Set up a meeting at 9” to "What was the score for last night’s game?” to "Play some mellow music.” Siri is there to help.
Siri can make suggestions in some apps even before you ask. For example, when you receive invitations in Mail or book flights in Safari, Siri suggests adding them to your calendar. Or, when you browse webpages, Siri can suggest related webpages.
To ask Siri on your Mac, do any of the following:
Click the Siri icon in the menu bar or in the Dock (or use the Touch Bar).
If your Mac supports it, say "Hey Siri.” Your portable computer must be open to use Hey Siri.
If Siri doesn’t respond, open Siri preferences and make sure Listen for "Hey Siri” is turned on. You can also use Hey Siri when your supported Mac is locked or in sleep.
If the Siri window doesn’t close automatically, you can close it yourself—just swipe right on your trackpad or click the Close button .
Use Siri results
You can keep Siri results handy in Notification Center or use them in emails or documents.
On your Mac, do any of the following:
Pin results to Notification Center: If you see an Add button in the top-right corner of the results, click it to add the results to Today view in Notification Center.
The results stay pinned and are kept up to date until you remove them. You can pin many types of results, such as stock prices, sports schedules, and more.
Open a result: Double-click a webpage to open it in Safari, or double-click a file or document to open it in the appropriate app on your Mac. You can also force click a result to preview it in a Quick Look window.
Use or save a result: Drag and drop to add images or locations into an email or document or to the desktop. (You can also copy or paste text.)
If you’re having trouble using Siri, try these solutions:
Make sure your Mac is connected to the Internet. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Network.
Have some spam comments, apparently.
Have you tried asking Siri how to get her to go away? (I am assuming you're past the return period on the new machine.)
Posted by: Rick C at Wed Aug 28 11:27:01 2019 (Iwkd4)
How to disable Siri on macOS manually
Open the main Apple menu from top right corner.
Choose System preferences.
There’s a new Siri icon, click on it.
From the right pane uncheck Enable Siri option.
Uncheck Show Siri in menu bar.
Now Siri should be disabled and hidden.
I don't have a Mac, so no idea if this really works or still works.
The site where I found this had recommended that you also get some kind of cleaning or blocking app for your Mac.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Wed Aug 28 18:27:36 2019 (sF8WE)
Not the best instructions, given that the Apple menu is in the top left corner.
I think this is more about not trusting the preferences panel than not being able to find it. Apple makes it easy to turn this stuff on, not so easy to make sure that it's off. For instance, I just ran the latest software update, and on reboot, it tried to get me to log into icloud, which I know from long experience will result in adding back some cloud features I've deliberately turned off half a dozen times already. And every time I update the watch software, it "helpfully" reminds me how easy it is to make Siri listen to my every word...
Posted by: J Greely at Wed Aug 28 19:11:05 2019 (LGSd2)
All those places where it says to make sure listen for Siri is turned on can be where you make sure it's turned off.
Posted by: Mauser at Wed Aug 28 21:42:17 2019 (Ix1l6)
Sure, Mauser, they *can* be, but they *aren't*, because that would hinder Apple's spying on you.
Personally I would disconnect the mic, but I realize not everyone wants to do that.
Posted by: Rick C at Wed Aug 28 22:19:52 2019 (Iwkd4)